Substance Abuse

The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.

Substance Abuse FAQs

Providing answers on relevant topics concerning Mental Health, Health and Substance Abuse topics.

Recent Posts

U.S. Capitol

Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs

Congress funded three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center as part of an appropriations bill that provided $26.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.

Announcements

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Coalition for Juvenile Justice 2015 Conference

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice annual conference, “At the Forefront: Emerging Challenges and Solutions to Reforming Juvenile Justice,” will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing the juvenile justice field today.

NCJFCJ

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference

This conference will feature a wide range of juvenile and family law topics including child abuse and neglect, trauma, custody and visitation, judicial leadership, juvenile justice, sex trafficking of minors, family violence, drug courts, psychotropic medications, detention alternatives, substance use, and the adolescent brain.

Webinars

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Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Publications

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Online Tool: “Trauma-Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources”

This resource tool from JBS International, Inc., and Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health provides information on existing research, knowledge, practices, and approaches that are effective in addressing trauma.

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Community-Based Supervision: Increased Public Safety, Decreased Expenditures

This tip sheet from the National Juvenile Justice Network and Safely Home Campaign discusses the fundamental characteristics of effective community-based supervision programs, including being evidence-based, using a strength-based/positive youth development approach, having court accountability and family engagement elements, using follow-up […]

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Collaborative for Change Resource Package

This resource package from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change provides information on the prevalence, identification, and treatment of co-occurring disorders among youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

Recent headlines

Report Says Mental Health Court Programs Render Positive Results

According to a 2013 report, a three-year evaluation of 10 Michigan mental health courts found that participants re-offend at significantly lower levels than comparable groups of offenders who did not participate in the mental health courts.

LA County Officials Credit Prop 47 with Big Drop in Jail Population

Los Angeles County probation officials reported Thursday that Los Angeles County’s jail population is at its lowest level since realignment sent it soaring in 2012 – and they expect it to keep dropping. They credit voter-approved Proposition 47, which lowered penalties for drug crimes.

N.M. Health Crisis Center Holds Promise

The Tucson center offers an alternative to jails and hospital emergency rooms, which too often are destinations for substance abusers and mentally ill people in Bernalillo County, McNease said. Law enforcement officers deliver about half the center’s patients, he said.

Prison Reform Top Priority Concern for New Corrections Secretary

Florida’s new Secretary of Corrections is facing questions from state lawmakers concerning confidence, inmate deaths, and complaints of abuse from officers. The main question appears to center on the agency’s ability to police itself.

Sentencing Reform — A Hot Topic at State House

We Are Iowa By Samantha-Jo Roth Iowa ranks third for highest population of African Americans behind bars, and now there’s questions about Iowa’s justice system. Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Mark Cady, spoke out on the issue on […]

Texas Experts Say Prison Reform Best Way to Control Costs

A pair of experts on prison reform from Texas made the case Thursday for efforts underway to make sweeping changes in Utah’s criminal justice system at the same time a new site is being sought for the Utah State Prison.